We’re breaking ground next week on a WaterSmart Demonstration Garden at our administration office in La Mesa.

The landscaping will front University Avenue, Lee Avenue and Quince Street and will feature three unique, water-wise plant palettes – a Mediterranean garden, desert garden and California native garden. Once complete, the project will showcase the beauty and water savings possible with WaterSmart plants, which need 40 to 80 percent less water than the common lawn.

The project includes removing the existing landscape, building new hardscape features, optimizing soil, and installing efficient irrigation, water-wise plants and interpretive signage. It should be complete by June 2020.

The demonstration garden goes beyond just providing inspiration – it will also provide resources for those that wish to install their own WaterSmart landscape. Upon completion, exhibit signs will introduce visitors to the three plant palettes and plant markers will identify each plant. Those markers will also include QR codes, which visitors can scan with their smartphone to learn more. Visitors will also be able to take home a free copy of the landscape’s design plan and plant palette, as well as access the information on the district’s website.

The new demonstration garden was made possible in part by funding from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Member Agency Administered Program, which supports projects that promote water-efficiency.

For Helix, the project is one more step toward a sustainable water supply and a sustainable east county.

 WaterSmart Demonstration Garden Construction Notice

Renderings: The project includes the installation of a desert garden on Lee Avenue (above), a California native garden on Quince Street (below) and a Mediterranean garden on University Avenue (bottom).